Lostland Run Trail, Potomac State Forest

For my friend Kim’s birthday, we cloistered ourselves at her family’s cabin at Deep Creek Lake. One of the weekend’s activities was Lostland Run Trail in the Potomac State Forest, a 7 miles jaunt down to the north branch of the Potomac River and back up. We stopped at a wine and cheese shop on the way to the trailhead, which should give you an idea of how the day went. The descent was lovely, but we were all exhausted when we got to the Potomac, so we walked back up the road that parallels the trail. There were fun bouncy suspension bridges!

Total distance: 6.44 mi
Max elevation: 2365 ft
Min elevation: 1808 ft
Total climbing: 1427 ft
Total descent: -1424 ft
Average speed: 2.93 mi/h
Total time: 04:29:36

There is a beautiful wide waterfall.

Possibly more than one.

Captain Midnight’s nose on the road.

When we got down to the Potomac, the cheese and wine was consumed

Captain Midnight was so tired he laid down on the rocks. Frankly, everyone was so tired they laid down on the rocks.

Cahill’s Irish porter was voted Best Cheese of the Hike.

Mmmmm cheese.

Equipment

Backpack Camelbak Rim Runner hydration pack
Navigation iPhone 6 with AllTrails Pro (which very kindly alerted us when we went the wrong way down a spur after crossing a stream on a fun bouncy suspension bridge)
Shoes HOKA ONE Stinson ATR 5 Trail-Running Shoe
Socks Injinji Trail Midweight Mini Crew Toesocks